Highlights

Enjoy this comprehensive and easy-paced family adventure in China showing you the country’s highlights, including the UNESCO-protected ancient wonders, palaces, temple and tomb, giant pandas’ natural habitat, surreal karst landscape, and charming old town & villages nested in snow-capped mountain. To ensure you a happy journey and keep the children entertained, we arrange you a wonderful diversity of family-friendly activities, from immersive cultural classes to exciting soft outdoor activities.

Go explore China and have a magic experience with family of a life-time!

Top things to do:

  • 16 days China family tour experience, a journey from the past to present full of discovery, learning, authentic experience and magical moments for parents and kids;
  • Enjoy hunting the treasure in Forbidden City, the imperial palace of ancient China.
  • Slide down the Great Wall by toboggan ride, after visiting this great cultural heritage on human civilization.
  • Meet Emperor Qinshihuang’s invincible army at an underground tomb, and make yourself a mini-sized terracotta warrior.
  • Become a caring panda keeper to look after lovely giant pandas at their natural habitat.
  • Experience minority life in Lijiang, visiting Naxi people’s ancient capital town and learning about embroidery.
  • Float down Li River, one of the most beautiful rivers in the world, into a fairylike countryside.
  • More family-friendly activities to enjoy – Tai Chi lesson, Chinese painting lesson, old city wall biking, Chinese cooking class, countryside biking, boating…
  • Travel Style: private tour, original, family, adventure, culture

    Best Time to Travel: All year round

    Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Lijiang, Guilin, Shanghai

    Altitude: between 50m and 3240m

    Day

    Meals: No Meals

    Arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport, where your private guide and driver of Yunnan Discovery meet and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. As you may have known, Beijing is a fabulous historical city, where many historical sites are meticulously protected and wait for your visit.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Start your Beijing tour with a refreshing morning Tai Chi lesson at the site of Temple of Heaven. Learn from a master to breathe and practice the soft movements. The most sacred place in Beijing, Temple of Heaven was where ancient Chinese kings communicated with the gods of heaven, and pray for harvest of a year.

    Walk the world’s biggest city square – Tiananmen Square – the heart of Beijing to enter Palace Museum, previously named Forbidden City. The parent will be in awe by this grand enormous palace. Whereas the kids are likely to discover all kinds of treasures and learn about interesting back stories.

    If you’re active family, your guide can lead you to climb up Jingshan Hill to enjoy a full view of Forbidden City. Learn the correct Chinese dining etiquette and feast on Peking Roasted Duck dinner (optional).

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    The Great Wall is the most famous iconic landmark in China with awe-inspiring, monumental grandeur. Take cableway to Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the best-kept sections with fewer tourist crowds. Learn from your expert guide about the history of Great Wall, a beneficial cultural lesson for the whole family. And then enjoy the exciting toboggan ride down – especially a great fun for the children.

    This afternoon, ride a rickshaw, once the most common means of transportation in Beijing a century ago, to discover the secret corners of hutongs – the cultural sites, the celebrities’ former residence, traditional way of life… Then take a Peking Opera mask painting class, an interesting hands-on activity for your family to get to know this unique Chinese art form.

    Watch the amazing Shaolin Kung Fu night show (optional).

    >> We can also arrange you the hotel at the foot of the Great Wall, so that you can enjoy the Great Wall sunrise/sunset and the magical time with family.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    One of the best examples of classical Chinese gardens, Summer Palace is another iconic landmark of China. Its constructions combine the royal grandeur and refinement of traditional landscape art. Experience a bit of the royal life as the king and queen and princes at this beautiful garden and take a mighty dragon boat cruise to take in the stunning views.

    Ride a super fast bullet train from Beijing to Xian, through North China’s urban cities and countryside and arriving ancient China’s most prestigious capital that once saw the thriving of Silk Road.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    This morning, visit the archaeological excavated site of Terracotta Warriors and Horses, which is considered the Pyramid in China. You and your kids will witness the amazing scene of Emperor Qinshihuang’s matchless army – there are thousands of armed soldiers.

    Then learn to make a mini pottery figurine on your own at a traditional cave house. This interesting hands-on activity will keep the children focused. And you will have a particular, meaningful Chinese souvenir.

    There is a wide diversity of street foods and snacks in the Muslim Quarter that make both the kids and parents watering. At least sample the most iconic foods of Xian, like cold noodles, marinated meat in baked bun (also known as Chinese hamburger), dumpling and steamed bun.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    After breakfast, exercise your feet and broaden your horizons by biking on the Ancient City Wall of Xian. This over 600-year-old wall encloses the old city center of Xian and connects with the modern high-rises.

    Then it is the happiest time for children – watching the interesting Shadow Play & Puppet Show inside the scenic area of Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Both of the two shows are intangible heritages of China. The performers manipulate the beautiful puppets dexterously to perform wonderful shows.

    During lunch time, visit a local family and join the locals to make dumplings, the most popular Chinese foods. After enjoying hand-made dumpling lunch, head for Chengdu on a high speed train journey.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    Spend a full day exploring Dujiangyan Panda Base as an honorary keeper. What is your job today? You need to take care of the giant pandas, make panda’s food with bamboo and carrot, feed them personally with yummy dessert, and help to tidy up their rooms. Besides, you will learn knowledge about this rare animal that has been living on Earth for 8 million years.

    During the spare time, observe the cute, clumsy pandas climbing trees, having fun on the grasslands.

    Note: The panda keeper program is available only for people aged between 12 and 65. If there are children under 12 years old in your family, we will arrange you the half-day visit of Chengdu panda base.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    Visit a local park - Chengdu People’s Park to experience for yourselves Chengdu’s leisurely lifestyle. The locals usually have a happy and comfortable morning by dancing and drinking tea. What’s more, you may see them playing mahjong and enjoying the ear cleaning service.

    Later stroll leisurely on two of Chengdu’s cultural streets – Wide and Narrow Alley, and Jinli Old Street to soak up Chengdu culture of tea, food and architecture. And visit Wenshu Monastery, one of Chengdu’s oldest temples, which was built like an elegant garden.

    Fly from Chengdu to Lijiang. Enjoy the amusing nightlife of Lijiang.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    Spend a morning discovering the natural beauty of Lijiang and exploring Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Your family will take cableway to the Spruce Meadow, viewing snow-capped mountain, deep valley, alpine lake and grasslands. Watch the world’s highest show – Impression Lijiang, being intrigued by beautiful Naxi ethnic music and dance.

    Thereafter, explore the ancient Naxi kingdom – Baisha Old Town, a lovely quiet place for you to experience an old way of life. For your family fun, we arrange you an embroidery class at a local institute to witness firsthand and learn this traditional handicraft of Lijiang Naxi people.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    Today drive out of downtown Lijiang to explore the lesser-known Wenhai Lake – definitely a natural paradise for family with children. It is a seasonal lake, surrounded by a vast meadow and swamp where herds of cattle, sheep, horses and even pig graze on grasses and water. You may also hear birds and insects singing.

    Visit a remote ethnic Yi Village named Xuehua (Snowflake), nestled in the mountains. Your family will be invited into a local home to enjoy a cup of tea and snacks. There’s even chance to see the shaman wizard of Yi. What a special and interesting experience!

    It is followed by a relaxing boat cruise on Lashihai Wetlands.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    This morning, enjoy a guided walking tour of Lijiang Old Town (Dayan) – the biggest, best-preserved and most beautiful ancient towns in China. Wander through the zigzagging cobbled-paved alleyways lined with traditional Naxi dwelling houses to discover many cultural sites and relics, waterwheels, cafes, shops, and food stalls that selling delicious local snacks.

    Continue your family adventure in China reaching Guilin after a 1.5-hour air journey. The city is famous for the other-worldly landscape and offers various family-friendly activities.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    It is a relaxing morning – floating on the ever-changing, picturesque Li River. Your ship will pass by numerous peculiar-shaped limestone peaks, including the Nine Fresco Horses and Yellow cloth Shoal (the illustration on RMB 20 yuan note). Challenge your kids to find out these classic sites.

    After walking through the West Street to experience its laid-back and lively atmosphere, work your feet on two wheels – riding leisurely through the idyllic countryside of Yangshuo. It is an interesting and rewarding experience – seeing the rural farmlands, orchards, pristine riverside villages and even knocking at the door of a local villager’s house to discover the real countryside life in China.

    >> Are your family itching to experience a bit of the farm work? We can arrange you and the children to help the farmers to transplant rice seedlings or harvest, according to the change of seasons.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    If you like, pay a visit to a local traditional market packed with food materials for sale before starting the cooking class. With the guide of a cookery teacher, cook your family a Chinese lunch yourselves. The children can help to wash vegetables and are likely to love delicious Chinese dishes.

    This afternoon enjoy the relaxing yet fun bamboo-rafting experience on Yulong River. Take in the greenery onshore and feel your body and mind are in peace and refreshed. This activity is especially recommended in sunny summer days.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    Wake in China’s most beautiful countryside and begin another fun-filled day. Ascend Folded Brocade Hill (Diecai Hill) in Guilin city center for an incredible panoramic view – the best way to look over the city. And the kids can descend with fun on a concrete slide.

    Drive to Reed Flute Cave – a cave of wonder that is home to loads of stalactite and stalactitum formations. Your children will be marveled and amused by the mighty lion, cute monkeys, waterfall pouring down, shinning crystal palace, and high-rises … – all are formed by stones naturally. Say goodbye to Guilin and fly to Shanghai, where you will see the futuristic China.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    A Shanghai tour is to broaden your children’s horizons when traveling from the past to new and even future.

    Wander through the graceful layout of Yu Garden. Established in 1559, the garden is still meticulous kept even today. You’ll witness all the classical elements of Jiangnan gardens from traditional theatrical stage, pavilions, corridors, to rockery and ponds. For the kids it is like a beautiful maze. Walk out of the garden to find a wide spectrum of local and world-popular snacks in Yuyuan Bazaar. Soak up the sounds, flavors, tastes and scents of this bazaar and the old streets.

    In the afternoon we’ll have time to visit over 50 colonial architectures on the Bund. These 19th-century European buildings are witness of the intricacies of history, as well as the astounding new start of Shanghai and China. Ascend Shanghai Tower, the 2rd highest architecture worldwide, for a thrilling experience and the amazing Shanghai Pudong skyline.

    If there’s still time, be exposed to art at M50 Creative Park.

    >> Seeking for more ideas of family adventure in Shanghai? How about hopping on a vintage motorcycle sidecar through the old town and cultural corners of Shanghai?

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    This China Family Holiday from North to South comes to an end today. Bring with all your China gifts, souvenirs, new knowledges and fun memories and fly back home. Wave goodbye to your guide at the security pass of airport. Yunnan Discovery service ends.

    What's included

    • One-on-one travel counseling service with fully tailor-made itinerary
    • Private English-speaking guide, native-born or with years of local life experience
    • Reservations of domestic flights and trains as listed on your itinerary
    • Private driver, with comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle
    • Entry tickets to all attractions on your itinerary
    • Private transfers to airport/hotels/attractions
    • Handpicked accommodations to meet your needs, with daily breakfast
    • Lunch and dinner arranged at local restaurants, for taste of Yunnan
    • International flight tickets or train tickets
    • China Visa (but we can send you the invitation letter to help you apply China visa)
    • Tips for guides, escort, drives, bellman
    • Personal expenses

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